Agenda and decisions


Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday 7 September 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxon OX15 4AA

Contact: Emma Faulkner / Lesley Farrell, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwell-dc.gov.uk, 01295 221953 / 01295 221591

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Items
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2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting. 

 

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3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 223 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2021.

 

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4.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

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5.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any item of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

 

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6.

Changes to Cherwell District Council's Housing Allocation Scheme pdf icon PDF 424 KB

Report of Interim Assistant Director, Housing and Social Care Commissioning

 

Purpose of report

 

To brief the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on proposed changes to the Housing Allocation Scheme prior to approval being sought from Executive Committee.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      to review and comment on the proposed changes to the Housing Allocation Scheme following public consultation.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)       That the proposed changes to the Housing Allocation Scheme be supported

7.

Draft Tenancy Strategy and Affordability Statement 2021 (Cherwell District Council) pdf icon PDF 376 KB

Report of Assistant Director, Housing and Social Care Commissioning

 

Purpose of Report

 

To present Cherwell’s draft Tenancy Strategy and Affordability Statement 2021 and seek comments and input from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee as part of the consultation process.

Recommendations

            

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee is requested to:

 

1.1         Note and comment on the content of the draft Tenancy Strategy and Affordability Statement in advance of the document being finalised and submitted to the Executive for approval at its meeting on 1st November 2021, in line with statutory requirements. 

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)       That the draft Tenancy Strategy and Affordability Statement be noted

 

(2)       That the following comments be submitted to the Executive:

 

a.      For all future consultations, a mechanism for ensuring residents directly affected by a consultation are contacted and encouraged to respond

 

b.      A continuous effort to improve quality and standard of housing in the district

8.

Constitution Review 2021 pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Report of Director of Law and Governance and Monitoring Officer

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider and endorse the process for the 2021 annual review of the Constitution, including the establishment of an informal cross-party Constitution Review Working Group. 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      To endorse the process for the 2021 annual review of the Constitution.

 

1.2      To agree the establishment of an informal cross-party Constitution Review working group comprising 5 Conservative members, 2 Labour members, 1 Progressive Oxfordshire member and 1 Independent Group member to work to the operating principles as set out at paragraph 3.7.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)       That the process for the 2021 annual review of the Constitution be endorsed.

 

(2)       That the establishment of a cross-party Constitution Review working group be agreed.

 

(3)       That the Director Law and Governance be requested to liaise with Political Group Leaders to agree the practical steps and process for the review.

9.

Work Programme 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Democratic and Elections Officers will go through the list of subjects raised at previous meetings and at the informal session held on 30 June 2021 (appendix 1), and provide updates.

 

Committee are asked to consider the establishment of a small working group to look at the relationship between Cherwell District Council and the parishes.

 

To receive an update on items previously considered by the Committee (appendix 2).

 

The Committee to consider the indicative work programme for 2021-2022 (appendix 3).

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)       That the verbal updates regarding suggested topics for scrutiny be noted

 

(2)       That further information be sought and circulated to all Members regarding the Mental Health programme being delivered by CDC Youth Activators and an update and presentation be scheduled for a future Committee meeting

 

(3)       That the homelessness in the LGBT Community subject be removed from the topic sheet

 

(4)       That a working group be established to consider the subject of the relationship between Cherwell District Council and the parishes

 

(5)       That a working group be established to look at the subject of Member Training and Education

 

(6)       That the update on items previously submitted to Overview and Scrutiny be noted

 

(7)       That subject to the inclusion of scoping documents from the working groups being considered at the 19 October meeting, the indicative work programme for 2021-2022 be noted